Oyo Progressive Front (OPF), a group within the Oyo State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has advised aggrieved party members in the state not to further jeopardize the peace initiative by the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, through utterances capable of further sowing seeds of discord in the party.
A statement signed by the state coordinator of the group, Hon Tunde Oladimej advised a former Commissioner for Environment in the State, Hons. Jide Adewale and Dipo Fawole to explore other options of resolving their differences instead of attacking the leadership of the party.
The statement said: “We are all members of APC in the state. We should not continue this wrangling that will help nobody but further divide our party. As good party members, Adewale and Fawole should kindly desist from this path they have embarked upon. Today, the only rallying point we have in the state is Senator Ajimobi. We should all come together to work with him to rescue our party. Our statements should engender peace and unity in Oyo APC. We cannot continue to blame Senator Ajimobi for the loss of the governorship election at the polls. We also inadvertently contributed to the loss through our actions and inactions”.
Speaking further, OPF said it understands the grouse of the duo and why they are angry with the party leadership. They were however advised to toe the path of reconciliation.
“Being a former Commissioner of Environment, Hon Adewale who aspired to contest a Reps seat, obviously would be angry since he did not get the ticket, but he has the whole of the future before him. As for Hon Fawole with a pedigree of progressives running in the family through our late leader, Baba Fawole in Elekuro, we appeal to him to toe the path of peace too. That he took the expression of interest form for the House of Representatives in 2015 and could not follow through due to the situation at the time, he understandably would be aggrieved. We appeal to him too to allow peace reign and join other like minds in repositioning our party for future challenges. We recall that it was under the progressive administration of Senator Ajimobi that his brother was appointed as the Rector of the Ibadan Polytechnic. These are factors that should be considered. We should not now demolish the house that we have all collectively built due to personal and perceived injury”.
Drawing the attention of party members to Ajimobi’s recent call for reconciliation and admission that “no one is perfect, mistakes have been made by all the parties,” the OPF said, “we should however not dwell on the past but look at the great future of our party and work towards rescuing our states from the locusts.”